Wanted: Students to attend games
The Hawai’i basketball team is personally inviting all of its fellow students to attend home games at the Stan Sheriff Center this season.
The Warriors have been voluntarily knocking on dorm doors in recent weeks to introduce themselves — and hand out schedules, photos and candy — to the other students on campus.
New team video coordinator Jamie Smith is also serving as a marketing planner for the Warriors, and he has been joining the players for the “dorm patrol” sessions.
On a recent night this week, freshmen Isaac Fotu, Michael Harper and Aaron Valdes joined Smith to knock on dorm doors and invite students to the upcoming game against Illinois on Friday. Some of the students had no interest in athletics — yet grabbed some candy — while others recognized the players and agreed to attend the game.
Interestingly enough, Friday’s game is “Wig Night” and the fans are being encouraged to wear wigs or creative hairdos for the game. Harper, Valdes and Smith all donned wigs while inviting the students to the game. Fotu — who is called “Fro-tu” by teammates — of course did not need a wig, and it led to some funny moments as the players asked the students to guess who had the real “Fro.” Most of the students correctly picked Fotu, although one student actually thought Harper’s wig was real.
For the record, all UH students can attend home games for free. Also, the first 200 students to attend this Friday’s game will receive a free wig.